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: Winter Tires


RWP
03-24-2004, 07:37 AM
I realize spring is on it's way, but I was wondering if anyone has put a set of Blizzaks on their E ?...if so, what size and how have they run ?

Thanks !

Quicksilver
03-24-2004, 06:58 PM
I would also like to know.....I just bought the E but am thinking ahead to new winter.

drphun
03-26-2004, 09:54 AM
I too am thinking about getting snow tires for next year. I have already bought a set of takeoff steel rims to mount them on from Ebay (only $31) I have checked around at a few places, but they weren't much help as the snow tires are all gone for this year.

I noticed that they were all looking in a catalogue for a place called the tirerack.com.

The 215/70R16 size appears to be a little unusual and there aren't too many available. I did find some Wintermaster tires made by Cooper on this website for '04:

http://www.vulcantire.com/cgi-local/tiresearch.cgi

$56 each w/o studs, $69 w/studs. I don't know how much shipping would be.

If I ordered them by mail, i wondered how I would get them mounted. At the WalMart the other day, I noticed on their price list $3.50 apice for carry-in tire mounting.

Does anyone know if we can get Nokian tires in our size?

Best,

paulj
03-26-2004, 12:15 PM
The Cooper Discover M+S looks like a good winter tire that comes in the stock size.

http://www.coopertire.com/us/en/ProductDetails.asp?ProdType=SUV&id=206

The Discover H/T is an OEM replacement (non winter) that have a good looking tread for wet and mild winter conditions (and good treadwear ratings)

You may be able to find a Cooper dealer near you by using the dealer search on the cooper web site. The dealers are more often independents than national chains. They also sell tires under the Mastercraft label.

http://www.mastercrafttire.com/us/en/ProductDetails.asp?ProdType=SUV&id=232

paulj

Pimpn E
03-26-2004, 04:18 PM
I simply bought some cheap-o Courser MS's in stock size for $60 each mounted and balanced to the stock rims. I put 3600 miles on them this winter and they look as good as the day they were mounted, so they wear well. Traction was excellent. I expect I'll get 5-6 winters easily out of these.

paulj
03-26-2004, 04:58 PM
[quote:d668a96f16=" "]I simply bought some cheap-o Courser MS's in stock size for $60 each mounted and balanced to the stock rims. I put 3600 miles on them this winter and they look as good as the day they were mounted, so they wear well. Traction was excellent. I expect I'll get 5-6 winters easily out of these.[/quote:d668a96f16]

I'm trying to decide whether that low wear is a good thing or not :) Often winter tires are made with a soft rubber to enhance traction, though now days they may be putting more emphasis on siping. I have the Courser h/t (oem replacement) on my RAV, and they certainly show less wear than the stock Element tires. I am almost tempted to swap wheels between the two cars just to see what difference they make in traction.

paulj

drphun
03-29-2004, 04:47 PM
There are varying types of snow tires, from barely snow tires (all weather) to tires for racing on ice that will wear out in 100 miles on regular roads. Besides the aggressive tread found on mud and snow tires, some tires devoted to snow have softer and stickier rubber. Here is a web site I found devoted to them:

http://www.snowtire.info/

I think that if I get snow tires they will be studed, or at least have the holes for the studs so that I know I am getting real snow tires, not just all weather tires slightly better than what I have now.

Einstein
03-29-2004, 07:42 PM
My winter tire package worked great this past winter. Click HERE (http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4451) to see more info.

http://members.rogers.com/kjcelement/images/dueler1.jpg

RWP
04-02-2004, 07:58 AM
Hey Einstein !

Thanks for the pics...these "duelers" look like the Blizzaks (which are simply the best winter tires I have ever used in VT and Northern NY...had them on our old Outback and went ANYWHERE)...

Are the Duelers just a larger version of the Blizzaks ?...more for "trucks" ?

Einstein
04-02-2004, 07:32 PM
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Are the Duelers just a larger version of the Blizzaks ?...more for "trucks" ?[/quote:88b617515e]

That's pretty much it. 8)

Titanium
05-22-2004, 11:25 AM
Einstein,
Those winter tires and rims sure look nice.

Einstein
05-22-2004, 08:01 PM
Thanks. I like my winter package, but I don't miss winter right now... 8)

Beachbabeis
05-22-2004, 11:48 PM
I bought Firestone WinterForce studded snow tires for a Subaru and a BMW...and they were top notch performers and inexpensive.

Worth looking at, IMHO.

boxonw
05-25-2004, 05:32 PM
[quote:249da8c4a3=" "]I too am thinking about getting snow tires for next year. I have already bought a set of takeoff steel rims to mount them on from Ebay (only $31) I have checked around at a few places, but they weren't much help as the snow tires are all gone for this year.

I noticed that they were all looking in a catalogue for a place called the tirerack.com.

The 215/70R16 size appears to be a little unusual and there aren't too many available. I did find some Wintermaster tires made by Cooper on this website for '04:

http://www.vulcantire.com/cgi-local/tiresearch.cgi

$56 each w/o studs, $69 w/studs. I don't know how much shipping would be.

If I ordered them by mail, i wondered how I would get them mounted. At the WalMart the other day, I noticed on their price list $3.50 apice for carry-in tire mounting.

Does anyone know if we can get Nokian tires in our size?

Best,[/quote:249da8c4a3]

Did someone says Norkian's tires?
I just mail ordered a set from the Tire Factory out of Michigan, free shipping.

Send them an email, they'll suggest what you need. They have the best price all around.

Here is the link:
http://www.tirefactory.net/nokian.htm
Take Care,